Place these plants in a light spot (avoiding direct sunlight) in a room with normal or cool temperatures.
Do ensure that, whatever planter or saucer you use to keep these plant, that extra water can drain off.
All these plants can go outdoors in the summer but not in full sunlight.
Leafy Houseplants - Mixed - PlantAsparagus aethiopicus + Beaucarnea recurvata
Two types of asparagus fern and one Elephant’s foot. Three magnificent leafy houseplants that can all handle some degree of neglect. Very decorative in the home. Great for the bedroom as they don’t mind the cooler environment. Place them in a prominent placewhere these lovely houseplants can be seen and enjoyed.Show more
Delivery height 35-45 cm.
Delivery height 35-45 cm.
Show moreIn the right planter, your ornamental asparagus fern will look great in any type of interior, be it trendy and modern or even romantic. Try one in the bedroom! Cooler temps are really not a problem for this plant!
Try planting your leafy plants together in a large planter for a really unusual effect.
Elephant’s Foot (Beaucarnea recurvata) on your patio
During the summer months the Elephant’s Foot will be quite happy stood outdoors on the patio – but first it will need to be acclimatised to the outdoors to prevent burn spots from the sun on the leaves. To do this, stand it in full shade to start with and give it one hour longer in the sun every day for five days. Remember to bring it indoors again once the night temperatures are consistently below 8 degrees centigrade.
Show moreAsparagus fern is so easy to grow. Keep the potting compost fairly moist. Water only the soil or ocassionaly steep the pot in a bucket of water. Feed regularly with houseplant fertiliser. Asparagus fern will be fine even in temperatures as low as 8 degrees centigrade. Water less in the winter, especially if the plant is in a cooler position.
Keep your Elephant’s Foot (Beaucarnea recurvata) growing well with a weekly watering - add plant food for leafy plants to the water fortnightly. The plant will respond well by growing new leaves.
Water twice a week in warm summers when the potting compost feels dry to the touch. Although very drought resistant, the width of the plant’s trunk will be stimulated to expand if you water it profusely on a weekly basis. It will store the water in the trunk.
The Elephant’s Foot (Beaucarnea recurvata) has a natural dormant period in November and December and will then require less watering and no feed. Continue as before after the dormant period is past.Your asparagus fern will enjoy a regular spray of (rain) water. This plant will need potting on at times as it can literally grow too big for its boots.
As in its natural habitat the elephant’s foot will regularly lose its lower leaves - do not worry if they turn yellow and drop off, as long as it continues to make new ones. Just carefully remove any dried up, old (white coloured) leaves. This will stimulate new stem growth too.
Show moreThe gorgeous delicate stems of asparagus plumosus ‘Nana’ (also known as Asparagus setaceus ‘Nanus’) were often used in bouquets and button-holes as they do last well if kept moist.
Asparagus aethiopicus ‘Sprengeri’ (also known as Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ rarely flowers but should it do so, be aware that when the berries appear that they are poisonous.
Both these ferns originated in South Africa and are separately classified as Asparagaceae.
Beaucarnea recurvata (elephant’s foot) is a strong house plant, easily grown.Elephant’s Foot is native to Central America and those sub-tropical regions of Southern North America where it makes a great ornamental outdoor plant. Elephant’s Foot (Beaucarnea recurvata) is also a very popular house plant in temperate climes like ours. Its deliciously fragrant flowers can only be expected in tropical regions.Elephant’s Foot has recently been (re)classified under Beaucarnea recurvata and is also still know under its old name Nolina recurvata. And according to this same reclassification, Beaucarnea falls under the lily family (Asparagaceae).